Applied Behavior Analysis

 Applied behavior analysis is the study of behavior and the application of what we understand about behavior to improve the quality of life of the individual. Behavior analysts work with a broad variety of clients including children and families, couples, students in schools, individuals wishing to improve their health related behavior. ​

Cognitive Behavior Analysis

Cognitive behavior therapy addresses the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Problems are identified, goals are established, and the therapist and client work together to uncover the origin of  underlying core beliefs and thought patterns, and replace them with healthier more productive ones.

Relationship Coaching

We employ the principles of John In In today's world, relationships are more complex then ever. We employ. Bowlby's attachment theory to applied and cognitive behavior therapy to improve the relationships of families, couples, co-workers, and individuals with a history of relationship difficulties.

Augmentative Therapies


HeartMath is a biofeedback system for improving heart rate variability. The heart rate variability pattern reveals the individualʼs ability to recover after physiological arousal (stress), reflecting a smooth or coherent transition between the sympathetic (fight or flight) system and the parasympathetic (rest and digest system). Heart rate variability (HRV) is an adaptive quality and is pertinent to physical, behavioral, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Oneʼs HRV measurement value might be thought of as indicative of physical, behavioral, emotional, and mental adaptability

Nutritional Coaching

The most current research in the field of nutrition and health psychology informs us that nutrition is an important variable in recovery from cognitive, emotional, and learning challenges. We offer one-on-one coaching and regular training classes in nutrition and menu planning.. Our focus is all natural whole foods, and we specialize in the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Educational Therapies

Learning and developmental disabilities are an ongoing challenge for approximately thirty percent of families today. We offer one-on-one clinical rendition for children with language and or literacy difficulties, math challenges, speech and language difficulties, and behavioral challenges. Please visit our affiliate Chrysalis School for information about full-time day school for grades K-12.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Carmen McGuinness


Dr. McGuinness is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (# 0-13-14988), specializing in specific learning disabilities, developmental disorders, emotional behavioral disorders, child and adult attachment trauma, relationship difficulties, and behavioral medicine. Dr. McGuinness holds Masters degrees in Health Psychology Behavioral Medicine, and in Holistic Nutrition Education. 

And she received her Doctoral degree in Special Education and Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, Dr. McGuinness has received specialized training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, treatment of attachment trauma, and is a licensed provider of HeartMath biofeedback.

Dr. McGuinness has been working with children with special needs and their parents for 28 years, having founded her first educational facility in 1984, After ten years of operating a PK through 8th grade Montessori school Dr. McGuinness began a three year study of dyslexia. During this period she researched and developed the Phono-Graphix® reading method and authored Simon & Shuster’s best-selling Reading Reflex and How to Increase Your Child's Verbal Intelligence published by Yale University Press. Since 2004 Dr. McGuinness has focused on treatment of developmental disorders and the attention, learning, and behavior problems that frequently accompany these diagnoses. Today Dr. McGuinness is in private clinical practice at Chrysalis Center for Change and is the school administrator lead behavior analyst at Chrysalis School. In addition Dr. McGuinness continues in a consultative role with the Phono-Graphix Reading Company, which she founded in 1993. 

CONTACT CARMEN Dr. McGuinness' Memberships and Affiliations: American Psychological Association, Association Behavior Analysts International, Florida Association of Behavior Analysts, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Society for Behavioral Medicine, National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, American Montessori Society, and founding member of the Phono-Graphix Association of Reading Therapists

Shery Schmucker, MS, CCC-SLP


Sheryl has been working with children and adults with speech and pragmatic language difficulties for over 35 years. Sheryl is pictured here holding a baby panda during a recent trip to China.

Geoffrey McGuinness


Geoffrey McGuinness holds a Bachelor's degree (hons) from University of Bristol. He is a 25+ years veteran teacher, teaching children with a broad variety of learning exceptionalities in grades one through twelve in private and public schools since 1992. Geoffrey is the co-author of Reading Reflex and How to Increase Your Child's Verbal Intelligence.  Geoffrey has addressed the International Dyslexia Society, the Scottish Dyslexia Society, Core Knowledge Foundation, and has consulted for the British Education Ministry. He has trained thousands of teachers in the Phono-Graphix and Language Wise methods in the US, Canada, and Great Britain, and taught hundreds of children to read in weekly and intensive reading therapy since 1994. Geoffrey teaches 6th through 9th grades at Chrysalis School.

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Chrysalis Center for Change

Chrysalis Center 1173 Spring Centre South Blvd, Suite B Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 US

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